Saturday, February 14, 2009

What was Minidoka?

Since I began preparing my “fictional memoir” for publication 18 months ago, the National Parks Service has significantly improved the information and photos about Minidoka Internment at the national monument’s website. Minidoka was the place many of my classmates in real life were taken after being scooped up from their homes in Western Oregon and Washington at the beginning of World War II. Some of their experiences coming from Minidoka to live in Ontario are dealt with at some length in the novel. But much more information about the entire experience they and their parents went through is available on the web. One place to start, if you are interested, as at the Minidoka National Monument website:

(Copy and paste the link into your browser to get there.)

To read about classmates from Minidoka follow the Farewell Bend the Novel link on this page. For this chapter, I’ve inserted line spaces between paragraphs because those are longer than elsewhere in the novel. – Larry L. Lynch

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